From the beginning of the end, when it was announced The Doctor’s longest traveling companions – of the reboot anyhow – Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill) we’re leaving showrunner Steven Moffat promised it would be heart-breaking. And heart-breaking it was, though maybe not how we expected it to be.
Clearly, this post will contain mad, MAD SPOILERS for Doctor Who “The Angels Take Manhattan.” Proceed with caution.
But, rule number one of Moffat-era Doctor Who is: The Moff lies. So when he told us to prepare for the worst, we over prepared. At least I know I did, so once the goodbye came I cried and was sad, but I didn’t lose my mind with grief.
As it turns out the ending could have been as terrible as our worst nightmares. Apparently, Moffat couldn’t decide just how he wanted to send off his beloved Ponds. One day the script ended tragically, the next it would be sad but hopeful. Obviously – and thankfully – he went with the more hopeful ending that had Amy and Rory zapped back in time by Weeping Angels to live out their long lives together, though without The Doctor.
Moffat shared with the Radio Times how he debated over and over just how to write their fond farewell,
So many times over those mad few days [of finishing the script], the fate of the Ponds changed. Alive, dead, alive, dead. Everything was wrong. Nothing felt right. Nothing felt inevitable.
…About four o’clock in the morning – with the gaspingly late script promised to the production team in a few hours – I remembered ‘The Eleventh Hour’… and the single moment we’ve been heading for, since the very beginning.
What did you think of the Ponds’ sendoff? Did you shed any tears? Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone. Would you have preferred one or both Amy and Rory to get the axe?
If you haven’t seen it yet BBC has a wonderful video titled, “The Last Days of the Ponds,” which, if you didn’t cry at the episode you’ll cry here.
Out of all the episodes in this “Fall of The Ponds” arc in Doctor Who I’m hoping “The Power of Three” proves to be the most interesting. I mean, it surely looks intriguing, doesn’t it? What with its weird little boxes, the return of Rory’s dad (Mark Williams) and U.N.I.T., plus the rather on the nose allusion of the “Three” referring to The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), and Rory (Arthur Darvill). At least that’s my theory. I’m just unsure how we’ll see that power manifested and what its consequences will be.
Here’s Karen and Arthur introducing “The Power of Three,”
Really feels like the web series Pond Life was a short primer for this episode, doesn’t it? Here’s a slew of new photos released as well,
The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight, almost like presents falling from the sky.
But what are they, what’s inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it’s left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery.
Guest starring Mark Williams, Steven Berkoff and Jemma Redgrave, written by Chris Chibnall, executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner, directed by Douglas Mackinnon, and produced by Marcus Wilson.
“The Power of Three” airs this Saturday on BBC America at 9pm ET.
I leave you with this video of adorable, four-and-a-half-year-old Lindalee Rose adorably recapping the most recent episode of Doctor Who, “A Town Called Mercy.” It’s really, really cute. As in so cute I couldn’t watch the whole thing for fear my teeth would start rotting. Check it out, and also make sure you check out our Nerd Bastard’s reviews of Doctor Who, from the not nearly as adorable but no less gleefully excited by Doctor Who, Matthew Jackson.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the Ponds like mad and there’s still half a season of them yet to come. This season on Doctor Who the Ponds will leave The Doctor in the fifth episode, “The Angels Take Manhattan” and many, many, MANY a tear will be shed during their farewell. Particularly if it will be as heartbreaking as The Moff has promised it will be.
But, before the Ponds make that fond and tearful farewell they’re getting their own spin-off web series called, Pond Life. It’ll be a five-part series and serve as a prequel to the upcoming series. Pond Life will begin airing on BBC‘s Youtube channel beginning August 27th, and it’ll play in full before the premiere of Series 7 on BBC1. Now word yet if we’ll be seeing Pond Life on BBC America, but again, it’ll be on Youtube so why bother.
Here’s the Ponds themselves, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, teasing Pond Life and basically being their usual, adorable selves,
Will you be sad to see the Ponds go? Or do you say good riddance?
Oh, and anyone else have the compulsion to get “Pond Life” tattooed on their knuckles? Just me? Oh, okay.
If ya didn’t already know Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and the rest of the Doctor Who crew are in New York City right now filming. In these exclusive images snapped by Katya Ivask and Theodore Stepanoff for io9 you can see the Doctor enjoying a picnic in Central Park with Mr. and Mrs. Companion. Is this one of last happy moments the three will spend together? Season seven marks the end for The Ponds’ travels with the Doctor and it’s been rumored to be extremely final for one of them. Oh, and heartbreaking, can’t even count how many times Steven Moffat‘s reminded us of that.
These photos are heartwarming but make me all the more depressed when I think of saying goodbye to Amy and Rory. I say, eff the haters, these two are my favorite Doctor Who companions and they’ll be deeply missed.
Quite early this morning, very early for us here in the U.S., Steven Moffat held a press conference at which he revealed who the new companion on Doctor Who would be. We’ve know for some time The Ponds would be making their exit this upcoming season and now we’ve met their replacememt.
Say “hello” to your new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman!
Wow. She’s pretty! And not that I’m saying past companions haven’t been but she’s got some kind of real celebrity glamour going on here. Also, who is she!? The rumors were she’d be a well known actress, in England anyway, but for us in the States? Yeah, I got nothing.
Tomorrow The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular comes to Melbourne in an event described as, “a musical celebration with the Doctor on the big screen and a host of live monsters including Daleks, Cybermen and The Silence invading the venue.” So really it’s just a night where an orchestra performs the music of Doctor Who while people dressed as Who monsters roam the theatre. A fantastic evening out if you ask me.
And why is this of interest? Because Steven Moffat has written the show’s brief forward,
Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is coming. In Cardiff, we’re gearing up for the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made. There will be shocks, surprises and heartbreak – the Doctor is about to say goodbye to his very best friends, Amy and Rory.
And then he’s about to say hello to someone very different – the Doctor is going to meet someone very new in the very last place he could ever have expected…
This, of course, has Whovians scrambling to decode whatever kind of secret message The Moff might have hidden in these few sentences. Remember, the man’s a genius and unmatched at playing games with his fans, could there be hidden meaning to these words?
As you can read, there’s another mention of the heartbreaking farewell expected between the Doctor and the Ponds. Oh, how I am not looking forward to that. But there’s also a brief mention of the Doctor’s new companion, expected to be revealed next season. Particularly the bit about meeting them, “in the very last place he could ever have expected.” Hmm…what could that mean?
Season seven of Doctor Who should begin production soon, and once that happens I expect we’ll learn more and more very quickly as set reports and photos leak out.
What do you think we can expect next season on Doctor Who?
I feel as if we’ve been inundated with Doctor Who new as of late. I’m sure its due to everyone’s excitement over the upcoming Christmas special, “The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe” (airing Christmas Day at 9/8c on BBC America in case you’ve recently awoken from a coma. –Oh, but if you’ve been in a coma you probably didn’t see any of season six? It was epic, sorry you missed it. It’s on DVD now, someone should buy it for you this Christmas. Put it on your list now.)
Anyway, we’ve all heard the nasty rumors David Yates has his sights set on a Doctor Who movie. To which Steven Moffat responded, “Nuh-uh, girlfriend,” followed by some aggressive snapping and hip sashaying. Wait, no, that’s not what happened. But I know you secretly liked imagining it. Moffat called Yates’ movie, “a heathen thing to do” and “heresy.” Yeah, he really did; like a good old fashioned writer-director smackdown.
David (Yates) was talking a little out of turn, there; a very, very brilliant director but no the film as described by him, of course we’re not going to do that—a film that contradicts the television series, it would be a heathen thing to do … I would be ‘beheaded’ to do such a thing!
It would be wonderful to do a Doctor Who film, but when and if we did—and hopefully we will be doing it—it will be very much an offshoot of the television series and we’ll be part of it, and it will star the television Doctor, of course—anything else would be heresy!
Okay, not quite smack talk. Those Brits are too classy for that. But I’m happy to hear Moffat is firmly against a Yates-directed Doctor Who movie, at least the one how Yates was planning.
But let’s not sing praise to the all holy Moffat just yet. He has also been involved in something I deem “heresy” and “a heathen thing to do.” The Ponds’ days in the TARDIS are numbered. NOOOOOOOOOO!
I guess we all must admit we saw this coming, especially since The Doctor’s dumped them before. And I know companions come and go, but Amy and Rory are, well, Amy and Rory. Somehow Matt Smith‘s Doctor seems incomplete without Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill. Here’s what Moffat had to say for himself,
Amy and Rory will be rejoining us next series and joining the Doctor back in the Tardis, but the final days of the Ponds are coming – and during the next series. I’m not telling you when and certainly not telling you how. But that story is going to come to a heartbreaking end. There are only so many more adventures with the lovely Amy and the lovely Rory. So that story, next series, during the series will be over. And then the Doctor is going to meet a new friend – and I’m not going to tell you anything about he, she or it!.. Who knows? It is Doctor Who. There’s a universe of people to choose from.
While the idea of a new companion, or “friend” as Moffat says, is exciting, what the fuck, dude!?! “A heartbreaking end,” for the Ponds!! WHY? Haven’t they been through enough!? I hope he’s only referring to the fact of them leaving as heartbreaking, not that he’ll be putting them through any more hardships. I just don’t think I could take it, man.
What do you think about this latest round of Who news?